India v South Africa, Super Eights, World Twenty20, Colombo October 1, 2012

So far, so good for India's part-timers

MS Dhoni, whose reliance on part-timers has proved successful so far in the World Twenty20, will hope his attack can deliver against South Africa
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MS Dhoni is possibly the only captain in international cricket who misses a spinning allrounder so much that when he returns, with barely any match practice after recovering from cancer, he becomes a certainty in the XI for a world event. You can see why a reliable and experienced allrounder such as Yuvraj Singh is so critical to MS Dhoni's plans. Depending on how much faith you have in India's specialist bowlers, you can either love Dhoni or hate him for being happy with just four of them in his XI.

Dhoni's press conferences have been revealing ever since India arrived in Colombo for the World Twenty20. He began by saying how important a role the part-timers had to play, then said India would begin the tournament with four specialist bowlers, and if the need arose, only then would they pick an extra bowler in the XI. In between, he also talked about his "ideal" attack - three fast bowlers, one spinner and "a few part-timers".

That is the way Dhoni has operated in the past. That is the way he won a World Cup. His method is probably a result of a mix of how many times his specialist bowlers have let him down and the value he assigns to the extra batsman at No. 7. In the end, it is Dhoni's side, and it is down to how comfortable he feels when he leads an XI out onto the field. Perhaps the magnitude of the win against England lured Dhoni out of his comfort zone to continue with five bowlers against Australia. But against Pakistan, he was back to picking four specialist bowlers and bringing on Yuvraj immediately after the Powerplay.

It is interesting to watch Dhoni use his part-timers. Yuvraj struck immediately against Pakistan. Dhoni used the opening to bring on another part-timer, Virat Kohli, from the other end. Yuvraj removed another Pakistan batsman in his second over. Dhoni gave another over to Kohli. Yuvraj and Kohli ended up bowling six successive overs, two more than the quota of the fifth bowler.

A part-timer is perhaps a necessary evil when a captain wants seven batsmen. But if one of them bowls a couple of tight overs or picks up wickets, any captain can fall to the temptation of using him for longer. It is a risk. What if he gets clobbered next over?

"It is a difficult one frankly, because at times I have seen [that if] you try to go for that one extra over and it goes for 20-25 runs, the whole analysis goes bad," Dhoni said. "So, at times if you are comfortable with what is on the board, rather than gambling too much, what we decide is, if the specialist bowlers bowl, this is the amount of runs that they [the opposition] may score. If the part-timers have done their job there is no point in pushing them because errors can happen at any time. So I should be happy once they have bowled four good overs."

India's much-criticised attack has now bowled out sides three times in four games in the tournament. Dhoni spoke of the limitations his bowlers had, but was satisfied with their showing. "We have not got bowlers who can bowl at 145 kph. We have got bowlers who bowl slightly slower but at the same time they have got the skill to get the batsmen out," he said. "Our problem starts if there is nothing from the wicket, which means, if it is not on the slower side or if there is no reverse swing or no spin then it becomes bit of a concern. If you see the performance [against Pakistan], it was a really good one because the part-timers contributed, the spinners bowled well [as did] the fast bowlers."

South Africa's batsmen have struggled in both their Super Eight games, and Dhoni will be hoping his limited attack, part-timers and all, can contain them in order for India to make the semi-finals.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY BattosaiXX on | October 2, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Its funny people calling Zaheer world class. The only bowlers india have are Irfan Pathan and Ashwin. The rest 12 over it paradise for the opponent. In the batting department there is great. Cant win tournament on bowling alone.

  • POSTED BY nasarkp on | October 2, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    By being defeated at the hand of Pakistan with a huge margin, Australia achieves three things in a single shot i.e. 1) they are thru to the semi 2) SA is out of the tournament and 3) almost ensuring that India is also out of the tournament.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | October 2, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    @agila - the only reason we say these things like this is becoz our bowlers dont inspire any confidence in all forms of the game. Right now if go to our stats page you will see what we mean. If India scores 140 in t20 our bowlers more than likely will not be able to defend or even put a fight. just today a SL official commented that India does not have variety in bowling.

  • POSTED BY on | October 2, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    Indian team doesnt need bowlers who can bowl 145+... A lot of teams who got such bowlers are on the airport right now waiting to fly back home. Zaheer khan is the best left arm seamer in the world right now... Irfan has got wickets everytime with the new ball, and thats what he is supposed to do... Ashwin is world class, much better than the overhyped ajanta mendis and balaji is a wily bowler who bowls intelligently. So its not about bowling fast, its about bowling smart. And we dont over rely on kohli... Just that he is better than any other batsman in the world so he always performs and people think none of the other batsman are performing... truth is that he doesnt leave a lot for them to do... simple as that!!!!!

  • POSTED BY marmao on | October 2, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    Respect for Mr Yuvraj Singh.... It takes mental/physical and more importantly psychological strength and courage to come back so quickly after Cancer and Chemotheraphy to high level cricket. Kudos to the selectors and MS Dhoni to support him. And clearly so they have done it in the T20 format....

    Having said that this man was in the One day world cup suffering with cancer but still did an exceptional JOB...

    And if he "feels" he can DO IT HE IS UPTO IT. The likes of Manjarekar and company with their "fitness" should just SHUT UP. Period

  • POSTED BY on | October 2, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    I think bala ji is the best bowler for india.In sri lanka where pitches are slow as tournament is progressive,bala ji is the trump card for india.Wish u all the best for today game.Only one possible change for today match nohit sharma replaced to bhajji.

  • POSTED BY varakooti on | October 2, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    why in the world Mr.Captain cool comes so early in the innings to bat by promoting himself up in the order when the run rate is so good. He comes in the 11th or 12th over after fall of 3 wickets and reduces the run rate so badly that at the end of innings India will definitely short by 20 more runs. Instead Raina should come as early as possible as he dont take much time to settle and he plays his natural attacking game after 2 overs, unlike Dhoni who plays shots only in the last 2 overs of the Innings. If he gets out after defending so many balls to dot, he blames the pitch. But if he gets what is required the whole India praises his cool captaincy.... This is bad attitude. If Dhoni wants only to play big shots in the last 2 overs of the innings then why he comes to bat so early even before Yuvraj, Raina and Rohit. And while chasing also he puts unnecessary pressure on the other batsmen by not even rotating the strike regularly even the asking rate above 9-10.

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | October 2, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    Bowlers bowling 145+ is a huge disadvantage as soon as it crosses the batsman! The ramp shot flies over the slips, or gets flicked over square for six, a slice through gully is a definite four even if there is a square third man and a hit over the bowler flies for six, mishits carry way too far, especially if there is bounce and the batsman is swinging. These are not the pitches where you can surprise batsmen with pace alone. In fact, Dhoni is right in reading this situation and preparing accordingly. Please give credit to a captain who knows a thing or two about winning and doing so with apparently limited bowling resources.

  • POSTED BY varakooti on | October 2, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    As Rohit didn't proove his ability with bat so far in the series it's time to rest him. And as the safaries dont play spin well, bring harbajan in place of Rohit. Regarding the bowlers who bowls at 145+, there are many available in the domestic cricket. For example Sandeep sharma is a very good bowler who bowled fantastically in the U-19 WC that won by the young indian team this year. His swingi bowling at 145kmph is very dangerous as we have seen in the WC. He will be next representing India. All the best Sandeep sharma.

  • POSTED BY sandeepgla on | October 2, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    @cricketsunami&rohitramesh Ya perhaps you r right but what about Parvinder Awana?.

  • POSTED BY BattosaiXX on | October 2, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Its funny people calling Zaheer world class. The only bowlers india have are Irfan Pathan and Ashwin. The rest 12 over it paradise for the opponent. In the batting department there is great. Cant win tournament on bowling alone.

  • POSTED BY nasarkp on | October 2, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    By being defeated at the hand of Pakistan with a huge margin, Australia achieves three things in a single shot i.e. 1) they are thru to the semi 2) SA is out of the tournament and 3) almost ensuring that India is also out of the tournament.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | October 2, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    @agila - the only reason we say these things like this is becoz our bowlers dont inspire any confidence in all forms of the game. Right now if go to our stats page you will see what we mean. If India scores 140 in t20 our bowlers more than likely will not be able to defend or even put a fight. just today a SL official commented that India does not have variety in bowling.

  • POSTED BY on | October 2, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    Indian team doesnt need bowlers who can bowl 145+... A lot of teams who got such bowlers are on the airport right now waiting to fly back home. Zaheer khan is the best left arm seamer in the world right now... Irfan has got wickets everytime with the new ball, and thats what he is supposed to do... Ashwin is world class, much better than the overhyped ajanta mendis and balaji is a wily bowler who bowls intelligently. So its not about bowling fast, its about bowling smart. And we dont over rely on kohli... Just that he is better than any other batsman in the world so he always performs and people think none of the other batsman are performing... truth is that he doesnt leave a lot for them to do... simple as that!!!!!

  • POSTED BY marmao on | October 2, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    Respect for Mr Yuvraj Singh.... It takes mental/physical and more importantly psychological strength and courage to come back so quickly after Cancer and Chemotheraphy to high level cricket. Kudos to the selectors and MS Dhoni to support him. And clearly so they have done it in the T20 format....

    Having said that this man was in the One day world cup suffering with cancer but still did an exceptional JOB...

    And if he "feels" he can DO IT HE IS UPTO IT. The likes of Manjarekar and company with their "fitness" should just SHUT UP. Period

  • POSTED BY on | October 2, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    I think bala ji is the best bowler for india.In sri lanka where pitches are slow as tournament is progressive,bala ji is the trump card for india.Wish u all the best for today game.Only one possible change for today match nohit sharma replaced to bhajji.

  • POSTED BY varakooti on | October 2, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    why in the world Mr.Captain cool comes so early in the innings to bat by promoting himself up in the order when the run rate is so good. He comes in the 11th or 12th over after fall of 3 wickets and reduces the run rate so badly that at the end of innings India will definitely short by 20 more runs. Instead Raina should come as early as possible as he dont take much time to settle and he plays his natural attacking game after 2 overs, unlike Dhoni who plays shots only in the last 2 overs of the Innings. If he gets out after defending so many balls to dot, he blames the pitch. But if he gets what is required the whole India praises his cool captaincy.... This is bad attitude. If Dhoni wants only to play big shots in the last 2 overs of the innings then why he comes to bat so early even before Yuvraj, Raina and Rohit. And while chasing also he puts unnecessary pressure on the other batsmen by not even rotating the strike regularly even the asking rate above 9-10.

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | October 2, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    Bowlers bowling 145+ is a huge disadvantage as soon as it crosses the batsman! The ramp shot flies over the slips, or gets flicked over square for six, a slice through gully is a definite four even if there is a square third man and a hit over the bowler flies for six, mishits carry way too far, especially if there is bounce and the batsman is swinging. These are not the pitches where you can surprise batsmen with pace alone. In fact, Dhoni is right in reading this situation and preparing accordingly. Please give credit to a captain who knows a thing or two about winning and doing so with apparently limited bowling resources.

  • POSTED BY varakooti on | October 2, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    As Rohit didn't proove his ability with bat so far in the series it's time to rest him. And as the safaries dont play spin well, bring harbajan in place of Rohit. Regarding the bowlers who bowls at 145+, there are many available in the domestic cricket. For example Sandeep sharma is a very good bowler who bowled fantastically in the U-19 WC that won by the young indian team this year. His swingi bowling at 145kmph is very dangerous as we have seen in the WC. He will be next representing India. All the best Sandeep sharma.

  • POSTED BY sandeepgla on | October 2, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    @cricketsunami&rohitramesh Ya perhaps you r right but what about Parvinder Awana?.

  • POSTED BY yuvimybro on | October 2, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    how many of us are aware, yuvi is 2nd best in bowling for india in this format only behind irfan since he has played more matches. of late i cant remember even one match where he has returned with no wickets (even with aus , he got the only wkt). this format normally requires someone to come and start firing within 10 balls. the fact is , yuvi in prev wcs had to come in early, he has lot of balls to face...kohli is doing that now and doing well. not sure why manjrekar talks about yuvis fitness everytime. as dhoni said many times, he perfectly fits this format well. stretched full length to save 2 boundaries.. fitness has endurance factor in it. yuvi lacks there a bit but enough for may be 1.5 hrs of fielding and 1 hr of batting. if india has to win, we shud respect viru, bhaji, yuvi and zak. dont put pressure on them. only viru can help india set unreachable totals. zak and bhajji can rip thru opponents. we need to suppport them. dont push them to corner.

  • POSTED BY Podicheti on | October 2, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    One of the major reasons why India lost so badly to Australia is bad captaincy. For eg: two blunders with Irfan Pathan - first, send him as opening batsman. He used up 25% of the balls and scored only 30 runs. Then, even worse decision was not to use him to open the bowling. He is somebody who relies on swing and can be very effective with the new ball. There is absolutely no point bowling him after 10th over. And what does it mean - open the bowling with Ashwin? Very uninspired captaincy. I wouldn't say, Dhoni is a bad captain, but getting out of comfort zone playing 1 batsman less definitely acted on his thinking. It also proves how much impact Sehwag's presence brings in the team. Good luck for the next game.

  • POSTED BY on | October 2, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    @Besolv India has a few 145kmh bowlers in domestic scene,but only a couple have played so far. they are Varun and Umesh yadav .Abu Nechim,,Shami Ahmed and Awana are there but probably will not be seen soon in national team. Pakistan's bowlers did worse than India, except the SA match they have been expensive. India is NOT heavily reliant on anyone.They have to win by a certain margin which will get easier if Aussies win. what does 'heavily reliant' mean? Pak in 1992 and Aus in 99 were in tougher situation. why pick on India , huh?

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | October 2, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    What happened to drop sehwag? people were shouting before the super eight. Now all silent

  • POSTED BY Agila on | October 2, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    @Nampally..I wonder what's the problem is with many pseudo critics! that every Indian win is perceived as "luck" and every loss is exaggerated as a "huge failure". My take is that if India would have won batting second against Aus! or If not for the rain, the spinners would have got better grip on the ball and Aus would have sure met the same fate as England! Now if the argument is that the better team won, sure India is a better team to have won all those games it did! There is nothing called luck. If it were luck, Aus is sure lucky and it has to owe its win to rain! I wouldnt be surprised if the term "lucky" comes from typical SL fans, or the guys living in retro colonial era! Funny that lot of Indians come up with this funny comments against their own team.

  • POSTED BY on | October 2, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    @Besolv..It hardly matters if the team has bowlers who bowl 145kph..we already seen one knocked out and other one closely running into the same risk! The so-called hyped up batsman put up great performances one after the other and they were just enough to thrash the opposition, that doesnt mean that India is overly dependent on him.and the so called weak bowlers bowled out teams thrice! we have seen express bowlers 150kph being thrashed by India a few times, one of them Oz who got dazed of for couple of years with the thrashing he met, Do you know this guy names Shaun Tait. Akthar met the same fate going after 100mph in 2003! Not the least , the other one who bowls 140kph+ was hit for six 6s in a row! Love or hate, perhaps India is the only team that has been able to win major tournaments without express bowlers and "hyped" batsmen!!

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | October 2, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    @Rohit Ramesh: Yes, it may have been a good idea to exclude Yadev & Aaron from this squad. But there a host of T-20 specialist bowlers who are better than the guys selected. These include Dhawan Kulkarni,Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Awana, Munaf, Ishant,Nehra, RP Singh, to name a few. In addition Murali kartik is a fanastic T-20 bowler who would have made it in any other National team. Rahul Sharma is a specialist in T 20 format. Any 5 of these bowlers would have been better than the guys in the squad. There is not a single team in this WC who has a bowler who bowls consistently at 145 KPH. So Dhoni is not correct to quote this speed. But bowling in the right spots with proven skills is more important than speed. Narine & Mendis are effective at <100 KPH. India has plenty of bowlers but the Indian Selectors have not chosen the right guys to do the job. That is the reality! Dhoni has to make the best of what is in the squad.

  • POSTED BY on | October 1, 2012, 22:47 GMT

    @ Aditya. TBH not picking Umesh and Varun is not at all a bad idea. Yes they have pace but they are highly indisciplined in line and length. They are good prospect for test matches where the margin for error is a little better bot not in T20. That said they need to be nurtured the right way, not the standard indian way of telling them to cut down the pace and improve line and length. Someone must help them work on line and length while telling them to retain their pace.

  • POSTED BY zuber21886 on | October 1, 2012, 22:07 GMT

    Umesh and Aaron wouldn't have done wonders, India need genuine fast bowlers and that means not only bowling fast but bowling smart.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | October 1, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    @Adiya, Varun is struggling with injury and Umesh has been leaking runs in games he has played, and that is not dhoni's fault. Yeah Not selecting Praveen Kumar is some body;s fault.

  • POSTED BY on | October 1, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    best of luck to team india....wishu the best

  • POSTED BY on | October 1, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    "We have not got bowlers who can bowl at 145 kph". Well that's your fault Dhoni, for not picking Umesh Yadav/Varun Aaron.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | October 1, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    In the match vs. Pakistan, it was lucky that the Indian part time bowlers got lucky breaks. Even Balaji bowled 2 full tosses to dismiss the last 2 batsmen!. So at times one gets lucky when things go your way. Against the Aussies nothing went the Indian way - got thrashed & the limitations of the Indian team was exposed. Even if the bowlers succeed the batting must come thru' to win. Kohli has consistently carried this team in batting. Sehwag & Gambhir MUST show up & play as responsibly as Kohli to make a fearsome top 3! This is badly needed against the South African team tomorrow if India can advance to the Semi's. Dhoni should be tactical in the selection of XI. E.G., If he needs a leg spinner for example, go with Tiwary in place of Rohit. If he needs an extra off spinner,use Sehwag -not Bhaiji.He can also let ZAK & Irfan bowl 4 overs straight with the new ball to aid their strength -swing.This allows India to make the best of their weak bowling while retaining a strong batting line!

  • POSTED BY Besolv on | October 1, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    Ya its true it worked for Dhoni & India but have to be be careful against a team like SA, coz they are desperate for a victory they might exploit the part-timers weakness. India is heavily depend on the performance of Aus & weakness of Pak. I think this is not a good sign for a so called champions. India is over depended on hyped up Kholi, and their bowling is very weak. They do not have a proper in-form wicket taking bowler and these SL pitches are not a typical sub-continental wickets. These wickets got lot of variations. My worry is no one in India who can bowl above 145 kph, its a shame for the biggest (1 billion ppl) cricketing nation in the world. Anyway if Indians keep their big pigheadedness away then they can win matches. I hope all the Indian crickets fans will stop boasting abt their country and also putting others down. Congrats for SL & WI for qualifying for the Semis and better luck for Eng & Kiwis next time.

  • POSTED BY Rahulbose on | October 1, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    Dhoni is right in using Yuvraj. He is bowling better than the so called "specialist bowlers" anyway. Even in the World cup win Yuvraj was the second best bowler for India.

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  • POSTED BY Rahulbose on | October 1, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    Dhoni is right in using Yuvraj. He is bowling better than the so called "specialist bowlers" anyway. Even in the World cup win Yuvraj was the second best bowler for India.

  • POSTED BY Besolv on | October 1, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    Ya its true it worked for Dhoni & India but have to be be careful against a team like SA, coz they are desperate for a victory they might exploit the part-timers weakness. India is heavily depend on the performance of Aus & weakness of Pak. I think this is not a good sign for a so called champions. India is over depended on hyped up Kholi, and their bowling is very weak. They do not have a proper in-form wicket taking bowler and these SL pitches are not a typical sub-continental wickets. These wickets got lot of variations. My worry is no one in India who can bowl above 145 kph, its a shame for the biggest (1 billion ppl) cricketing nation in the world. Anyway if Indians keep their big pigheadedness away then they can win matches. I hope all the Indian crickets fans will stop boasting abt their country and also putting others down. Congrats for SL & WI for qualifying for the Semis and better luck for Eng & Kiwis next time.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | October 1, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    In the match vs. Pakistan, it was lucky that the Indian part time bowlers got lucky breaks. Even Balaji bowled 2 full tosses to dismiss the last 2 batsmen!. So at times one gets lucky when things go your way. Against the Aussies nothing went the Indian way - got thrashed & the limitations of the Indian team was exposed. Even if the bowlers succeed the batting must come thru' to win. Kohli has consistently carried this team in batting. Sehwag & Gambhir MUST show up & play as responsibly as Kohli to make a fearsome top 3! This is badly needed against the South African team tomorrow if India can advance to the Semi's. Dhoni should be tactical in the selection of XI. E.G., If he needs a leg spinner for example, go with Tiwary in place of Rohit. If he needs an extra off spinner,use Sehwag -not Bhaiji.He can also let ZAK & Irfan bowl 4 overs straight with the new ball to aid their strength -swing.This allows India to make the best of their weak bowling while retaining a strong batting line!

  • POSTED BY on | October 1, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    "We have not got bowlers who can bowl at 145 kph". Well that's your fault Dhoni, for not picking Umesh Yadav/Varun Aaron.

  • POSTED BY on | October 1, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    best of luck to team india....wishu the best

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | October 1, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    @Adiya, Varun is struggling with injury and Umesh has been leaking runs in games he has played, and that is not dhoni's fault. Yeah Not selecting Praveen Kumar is some body;s fault.

  • POSTED BY zuber21886 on | October 1, 2012, 22:07 GMT

    Umesh and Aaron wouldn't have done wonders, India need genuine fast bowlers and that means not only bowling fast but bowling smart.

  • POSTED BY on | October 1, 2012, 22:47 GMT

    @ Aditya. TBH not picking Umesh and Varun is not at all a bad idea. Yes they have pace but they are highly indisciplined in line and length. They are good prospect for test matches where the margin for error is a little better bot not in T20. That said they need to be nurtured the right way, not the standard indian way of telling them to cut down the pace and improve line and length. Someone must help them work on line and length while telling them to retain their pace.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | October 2, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    @Rohit Ramesh: Yes, it may have been a good idea to exclude Yadev & Aaron from this squad. But there a host of T-20 specialist bowlers who are better than the guys selected. These include Dhawan Kulkarni,Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Awana, Munaf, Ishant,Nehra, RP Singh, to name a few. In addition Murali kartik is a fanastic T-20 bowler who would have made it in any other National team. Rahul Sharma is a specialist in T 20 format. Any 5 of these bowlers would have been better than the guys in the squad. There is not a single team in this WC who has a bowler who bowls consistently at 145 KPH. So Dhoni is not correct to quote this speed. But bowling in the right spots with proven skills is more important than speed. Narine & Mendis are effective at <100 KPH. India has plenty of bowlers but the Indian Selectors have not chosen the right guys to do the job. That is the reality! Dhoni has to make the best of what is in the squad.

  • POSTED BY on | October 2, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    @Besolv..It hardly matters if the team has bowlers who bowl 145kph..we already seen one knocked out and other one closely running into the same risk! The so-called hyped up batsman put up great performances one after the other and they were just enough to thrash the opposition, that doesnt mean that India is overly dependent on him.and the so called weak bowlers bowled out teams thrice! we have seen express bowlers 150kph being thrashed by India a few times, one of them Oz who got dazed of for couple of years with the thrashing he met, Do you know this guy names Shaun Tait. Akthar met the same fate going after 100mph in 2003! Not the least , the other one who bowls 140kph+ was hit for six 6s in a row! Love or hate, perhaps India is the only team that has been able to win major tournaments without express bowlers and "hyped" batsmen!!